Authorities have followed through on its promise to clear a field in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, which was being used as a de facto dump for metallic waste and other debris that had scattered around the island during the 2017 hurricanes.
The cleanup followed a BVI News article in which residents raised concern about the dump.
During the cleanup effort on Saturday (June 2), residents reportedly rallied behind Sister Islands Coordinator Vincent Wheatley, members of the Department of Waste Management, and other community leaders to clear the location.
Giving a report on the cleanup, well-known Virgin Gorda resident Allington ‘Gumption’ Creque said Saturday’s cleanup demonstrated true community spirit.
“Thank you, Sandra, for cooking food and bring for the people. Those who brought juice, water and ice — I don’t know what would have happened without a bit of sugar and water,” Creque said as he acknowledged all residents who participated in the cleanup.
“A village is where people live, a community is how people act. Having a community mindset only makes the village stronger,” added Creque as he recalled the community effort on the island.
Meanwhile, the Gorda Peak dump is said to be the designated area for metallic waste on Virgin Gorda. And according to sister islands administrator Wheatley, those types of waste are secured beneath rocks to prevent them from becoming projectiles whenever there are strong gusts.
Below is a video clip of the cleanup. By Allington ‘Gumption’ Creque:
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